Cactus Ridge to Stand at Walmac International

Country music superstar Toby Keith's undefeated homebred Cactus Ridge will enter stud in 2004 at John T.L. Jones' Walmac International. The son of Hennessy will stand for $6,500.

Cactus Ridge won his first start in June at Arlington Park in a maiden special weight at 4 1/2 furlongs. He then stepped up to stakes competition to win the Canterbury Juvenile by 15 lengths. He next moved to Ellis Park where he registered a 6 1/2-length victory in the James C. Ellis Juvenile.

Cactus Ridge then returned to his home base of Arlington Park for the grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity where after bobbling at the start he drew off to set a new stakes record of 1:35.44 for the one-mile event.

Trained by Brett Calhoun, Cactus Ridge retires undefeated with a combined winning margin of 26 1/4 lengths and $187,850 in earnings.

Bred in Kentucky by Keith's Dream Walkin' Farms, Cactus Ridge is out of the grade I-placed Double Park who has a weanling colt by Giant's Causeway.